Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 21st July 2021
By our special correspondent, Daniel Fernandes
There were 90 new Covid-19 cases, 59 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.
On Saturday, there were 26 new Covid-19 cases (13 imported cases – 9 from the UK, 1 from Spain, 2 from Northern Portugal, 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 13 cases of local transmission) and 16 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 9, 1 of whom was in intensive care.
On Sunday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (8 imported cases – 5 from the UK, 1 from Finland, 2 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region & 7 cases of local transmission) and 15 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital, including in intensive care, remained the same the day before.
On Monday, there were 28 new Covid-19 cases (11 imported cases – 3 from the UK, 1 from the Czech Republic, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Spain, 1 from Venezuela, 4 from Northern Portugal & 17 cases of local transmission) and 15 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 10, 1 of whom was in intensive care.
And on Tuesday, there were 21 new Covid-19 cases (7 imported cases – 1 from the UK, 1 from Venezuela, 1 from Northern Portugal & 14 cases of local transmission) and 13 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 9, 1 of whom was intensive care.
There were 201 active cases on Tuesday, of which 82 had been imported while the other 119 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 9,971 cases, 9,697 recoveries and 73 deaths.
On Tuesday, there were 60 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 132 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 9 patients in hospital, 1 of whom in intensive care.
On the same day, there were 133 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.
There were 33,152 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 543 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.
As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 263,821 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 527,014 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 73,602 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 476 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it had received 57,108 calls.
The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 5 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,746 calls.
Covid-19 vaccination update
On Tuesday, the vaccination open day using spare doses of AstraZeneca vaccine was a huge success. The spare doses were available for those aged 18 or older, who merely had to turn up at the vaccination centre in Funchal (Madeira Tecnopólo) in order to be inoculated. There was no need for booking a vaccination slot. By 18h00, about 1,000 vaccine doses had been administered, 600 of which had been first doses. The success of this vaccination open day meant that a second vaccination open day was announced. It will take place on July 27th.
As of July 18th, 267,604 Covid-19 vaccine doses (154,072 1st doses & 113,532 2nd doses/full vaccinations) had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. This means that 61% of the population have been administered the 1st vaccine dose while 45% of the population have been fully vaccinated. So far, 2,230 vaccine doses have been administered to university students after the start of vaccination of this group on July 12th.
A shipment of 17,550 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Funchal on Saturday. This shipment will ensure the Covid-19 vaccination campaign continues.
Covid-19 monument inaugurated
The Covid-19 monument, which honours professionals who served and are serving on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, was inaugurated on Monday by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal’s President). He said Madeira had once again “been a pioneer”, this time due to the opening of the first monument in Portugal that honours frontline professionals in the fight against Covid-19. He described it as “a monument of memory, gratefulness and hope”. The sculpture is from Martim Velosa, a Madeira sculptor. It was built next to the building of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (Assembleia Legislativa da Madeira).
Brother of missing Polish tourist hospitalised after several days of searches
Christopher Kozek, the brother of Michal Kozek, a 35 year-old Polish tourist who went missing on a trail on the mountains of the western area of Madeira Island on July 7th, was hospitalised after spending several days scouring the mountains while searching for him. Christopher Kozek had walked about 70 Km per day and felt unwell. He was hospitalised at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça after showing symptoms of dehydration and high blood pressure. A friend who has been searching with him said he hadn’t slept, hadn’t eaten, was exhausted and was only focused on finding Michal.
Christopher and several volunteers who are experienced in trails and hiking have been scouring the mountains for several days. However, Michal’s family has stressed that nobody should endanger himself/herself while trying to find him. Some trails are dangerous and require more experienced volunteers. His family would like to employ a drone that has a thermal camera because they feel it would be helpful in areas with dense vegetation.
Michal’s wife and children have already returned to Switzerland, where they live, but Christopher has assured he will not leave the Region until he has found out what happened to him. He is very grateful to all Madeirans who have been helping in the search for Michal.
Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works cannot be postponed and will take place in the following days and places:
FUNCHAL – July 21st – 09h00 to 11h30 (TODAY)
– Rua do Cabrestante (numbers 24 to 404)
– Entrada do Cabrestante (numbers 3 to 8)
– Caminho do Terço (numbers 115 to 117C)
– Escadas da Travessa do Pomar (numbers 2 to 29)
July 22nd – 09h00 to 11h30
– Caminho da Levada dos Barreiros (numbers 38 to 58)
– Caminho da Nazaré (numbers 12 to 39)
– Rua do Curaçau (number 40)
CAMPANÁRIO – July 22nd – 09h00 to 11h30
– Estrada do Lugar da Serra
– Caminho da Cova Velha
– Caminho do Pico do Frade
– Caminho da Corujeira
– Caminho de São Bento
– Travessa da Ladeira
July 23rd – 09h00 to 12h00
– Estrada da Adega (partial)
– Estrada do Jardim (partial)
– Caminho do Jardim de Cima (partial)
However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.
If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.